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Comments Submitted to the FCC's Open Internet Docket [2010]

On October 12, 2010 Center for Social Media submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission addressing the impact that the Commission’s rulemaking on matters related to the open internet will have on the ability of citizens to obtain news, information and educational resources vital to informed self-governance.

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Spreading the Zing: Reimagining Public Media Through the Makers Quest 2.0 [2010]

In mid-may the Center for Social Media released Spreading the Zing: Reimagining Public Media Through the Makers Quest 2.0, co-produced by the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR). The report examines the impact of eight innovative, multiplatform radio projects designed to demonstrate how “public radio” can be transformed to “public media.”  

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Investing In Impact: Media Summits Reveal Pressing Needs, Tools for Evaluating Public Interest Media [2010]

Throughout the spring, the CSM and The Media Consortium (TMC) drew together dozens of leading public interest media makers, funders and researchers in Chicago, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Boston for a series of Impact Summits. These convenings—which asked attendees to describe how they measure reach, relevance, engagement, inclusion and influence in their work—informed a  analysis co-published by CSM and TMC: Investing In Impact: Media Summits Reveal Pressing Needs, Tools for Evaluating Public Interest Media.

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Impact Outside of the Box: Assessing How Digital Video Can Engage and Influence Publics

PBS’s Economy Widget, part of the CPB-funded Digital Collaboration on the Economic Crisis, aims to: a) aggregate relevant local and national coverage and b) stream this content in the widget’s window, providing “added context to each piece of content through specially curated links” (Haggerty 2009). The Economy Widget is emblematic of a shift in the delivery and consumption of video. But what is driving this shift?

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Scan and Analysis of Best Practices in Digital Journalism In and Outside U.S. Public Broadcasting

In this report, researchers at American University’s Center for Social Media identify a set of best practices in digital new media journalism intended to guide planning and initiatives in this area specifically for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and more broadly for the Public Service Media community in the US. We offer an overview of the current journalism and public broadcasting environments, derived from a scan of recent reports and interviews with relevant experts, along with a set of identified best practices, bolstered with analysis of specific examples that could be replicated by public media producers.

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